|7492||COLD COMFORT FARM, PART 1: FOLK*||COLD COMFORT FARM, PART 1: FOLK*||1968||color||44 min||vhs|| (Directed by Peter Hammond, adaptation by David Turner of the novel by Stella Gibbons; with Sarah Badel, Fay Compton, Alastair Sim, Rosalie Crutchley, Brian Blessed, Peter Egan, Joan Bakewell) This original BBC-TV adaptation was selected as the Christmas presentation for the first season of Masterpiece Theatre. It has finally been released for all to enjoy yet again. Flora Poste, a recently orphaned London sophisticate of insubstantial means and no real ambition save becoming the next Jane Austen, cheerfully determines to find a relative who'll take her in. When she chooses an offer from the Starkadders of Cold Comfort Farm ("There have always been Starkadders at Cold Comfort Farm") in Howling, Sussex, she expects it to be "appalling but interesting." She arrives at Cold Comfort Farm ("Ah, John Poste's child! Once we did a terrible wrong to. . . ") and finds it beyond appalling. But there's no turning back, so she begins to search for ways she might tidy things up a bit. First she counsels Meriam, the overripe young hired girl ("There are ways to prevent that from happening. . .), and then she begins to guide Amos toward his true calling beyond the brethren, which will require a Ford van.
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